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Unplug, Relax and Listen to the ‘Songs in the Skyspace’

The Landmarks musical series returns with an eclectic mix of voices and instruments.

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James Turrell, The Color Inside, 2013. Courtesy of Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. Photo by Florian Holzherr

The acoustics and ambience inside James Turrell’s Skyspace, “The Color Inside” at The University of Texas at Austin are a musician’s dream come true. After a successful launch of “Songs in the Skyspace” during the fall, the live music series has returned this spring with a dynamic performance roster that features UT and local Austin talent.

Classical guitarists, opera singers and a cappella groups are among those invited to showcase their talent to an audience of about 25 guests, creating an intimate dream-like experience. ‘“Songs in the Skyspace” offers a new way to engage with Turrell’s iconic Skyspace, ‘The Color Inside,’” said Andrée Bober, director of UT’s Landmarks Public Art Program. “With acoustic performances ranging from classical to indie rock and Southeast Asian mashups to traditional Spanish ballads, the series celebrates Austin’s love of music and artistic synergies.”

The series kicked off Feb. 2 with a sunset performance by Stephanie Bergara, lead singer of Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda. Attendees took in the smooth melodies as they switched their gazes from the natural skyscape to the subtly changing colors inside the space.

The Skyspace is in the heart of campus sitting atop the William C. Powers Jr. Student Activity Center and gives students, faculty members and the Austin community a serene and harmonious opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

“Songs in the Skyspace” occurs every Sunday at sunset through May 17.

Upcoming performances include:

Mar. 8: Austin Classical Guitar
Mar. 29: Beauties and the Beat (A cappella)
Apr. 5: Absolute Pitch (A cappella)

A full performance schedule and ticket information can be found on the UT Landmarks site.

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